The University of Alabama, Division of Finance and Operations

Fireworks and Pyrotechnics Policy

Unit:  Environmental Health and Safety
Contact: Gene Holcomb
Title:  Assistant Director
Effective Date: 9/13/2022
Revision Date: 09/13/2022


The purpose of this policy is to define the authorities responsible for approving the use of fireworks displays or use of pyrotechnic special effects as part of a University of Alabama (University) activity, on University property, or within its buildings; and to establish approval processes and general precautions for such use. Displays include, but are not limited to, fireworks, flame effects, or other devices such as cold pyro (collectively, "fireworks") that are regulated by the Alabama State Fire Marshal.


No fireworks display will be allowed on University property unless authorized by Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) through its coordination with Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue (TFR) and the Alabama State Fire Marshal Office (SFMO).  All provisions for a safe fireworks display or pyrotechnic special effects display must be met.  Any use of fireworks or pyrotechnic special effects on University property or inside its buildings without the required permit is prohibited. 

A “no burn order” overrides a fireworks permit. Therefore, any time a “no burn order” is in effect, the scheduled fireworks program will be cancelled. Strong winds or inclement weather may also result in the cancellation of a fireworks event. 

Required Approval Process

  1. Individuals seeking a fireworks permit must contact EHS at least thirty (30) days prior to the proposed event involving fireworks or pyrotechnics, prior to advertising or finalizing any plans for the event. 
  2. No fireworks display will be allowed on University properties unless a permit has been approved by EHS, University’s Police Chief, City of Tuscaloosa Fire Chief and SFMO. Prior to approval being provided, a State Fire Marshal permit must be filed and the fee paid. 
  3. As part of the review/approval process of permit, EHS, TFR, SFMO, and other University departments as required or requested by EHS must evaluate demonstration shots, safety data sheets, and event/security setup prior to approving the fireworks event and signing the required permit application. Events of this nature require a hazard assessment of the location, accurate timing of the event, detailed descriptions, and a logistical overview to determine if the event can be accomplished safely and with regard to other prescheduled campus events.
Representatives from TFR and EHS must be present at all events involving fireworks or pyrotechnics on University property or inside its buildings. 


Students who fail to comply with the provisions in this policy may be subject to disciplinary action or referral to the University’s Office of Student Conduct coupled with monetary charges for damage and clean up. Employees may face disciplinary action up to and including termination if they fail to comply with the provisions of this policy. In some circumstances, failure to comply may also result in criminal charges.


This policy applies to students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Office of the Vice President of Finance and Operations

Approved by Cheryl Mowdy, Assistant Vice President for Finance and Operations, 09/13/2022